WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Police in Savannah, Georgia are now looking for the perpetrator who committed vandalism on a statue of a war general by putting “googly eyes” on it.
- The City of Savannah Government Facebook account publicly decries the act.
- The vandalism constitutes criminal trespassing as enshrined in Georgia law.
The perpetrator who vandalized a statue of a Revolutionary War general is now being sought by the police in Savannah, Georgia.
Savannah’s Nathanael Greene Monument was defaced after “googly eyes” were added to it and went viral early in the week after a report by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Friday.
The City of Savannah Government posted a photo of the statue on its official Facebook page on Thursday with the caption: “Who did this?! Someone placed googly eyes on our historic #NathanaelGreene statue in #JohnsonSquare.”
“It may look funny but harming our historic monuments and public property is no laughing matter, in fact, it’s a crime,” the post added.
Bianca Johnson, Savanah Police Department’s spokeswoman stated that surveillance footage of the statue is now being reviewed and that this vandalism would be considered trespassing. She also added that they want people to understand that these acts of vandalism are not tolerated and people cannot go around doing whatever they want to the statues.
Georgia law, as cited in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, states that “defacing, defiling or mutilating a grave marker, monument or memorial devoted to a deceased person who served in the military is considered criminal trespass, which is a misdemeanor offense.”
Nathanael Greene, the soldier memorialized by the statue served as a major general in the Continental Army and is buried in the city’s Johnson Square.
Johnson confirmed that the googly eyes did not cause damage to the statue. However, she warned that if nothing is done with this [incident], it could get out of hand.
The post decrying the act of vandalism has since reached 16,000 shares.
Source: The Hill